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Artist Omar Rayyan – The Artwork of the Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

From the Personal Collection of Robert K. Wiener and Kveta Wiener Vojkovska.

At Needham Free Public Library – February 23 – March 31, 2023
The Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti Jacket Cover, Girl in Frame
Page 2 Giant Frog with Knight
Page 11 Two Girls and Otter by the Stream
Page 14 Girl with a Bird and Mouse on her Head
Page 15 Goblins in Forest, Dragon in a Tree
Page 18 - 19 Girl on the Log
Page 20 Merchant Man - “One had a Cat’s Face...”
Page 21 Goblin on Cart with Grapes
Page 23 Goblin with Peaches on Back
Page 27 Girl with Doves
Page 28 - 29 Girl on Toadstool, Goblins in a Tree
Page 31 Girl with Giant Fruits in Courtyard
Page 34 Fairy Licking a Pomegranate
Page 35 Floating Girl with Fairies and Moth
Page 36 - 37 Death Dragon above the House Entrance
Page 41 Bird in the Water, House Under Water
Page 46 House along the Riverbank, Tree with Roots
Page 50 Girl on a Bridge at Night
Page 52 Tower with Telescope
Page 54 - 55 Death on his Horse in the Flooded House
Page 56 Girl Surrounded by Ravens Coming out of the House
Page 63 Goblins Smashing Fruit into the Girl’s Face
Page 69 Girl with Wings, Surrounded by Jellyfish, with a Demon on the Right
Page 76 - 77 Giant Snail on House
Page 81 Tree with Owls, with Goblins at the Bottom
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Book published by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. – www.grantbooks.com

Autographed Book available for purchase at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/StudioRayyan

Artist Omar Rayyan – The Artwork of the Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

Artist Statement

Omar Rayyan is a Massachusetts artist who is known for his children’s book illustrations of fantasy, fairy tales, and folklore. The bucolic
surroundings of his year-round home on Martha’s Vineyard compliment and help inspire his “old world” aesthetic toward painting. He enjoys looking to the past for inspiration and guidance from the great oil
painters of the Northern Renaissance and the Romantic and Symbolist painters of the 19th century such as Rembrandt, de Hooch, van Dyck, Rubens, Bruegel. Rayyan also cites John Singer Sargent, Arthur Rackham, and Persian miniatures as having an effect on his work.

In the past, he created illustrations for many publishers, including Simon & Schuster, Random House and Hyperion/Disney. Omar was also a concept illustrator for the 2005 film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. His market was mainly geared towards children’s and young adult’s magazines and books, doing cover and interior illustrations. He also has illustrated several children’s picture books.

In 2016, Omar published an illustrated book, Goblin Market. It was the culmination of many years of work, a personal project based on the narrative poem by Christina Rossetti. A successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign helped the project come to fruition, and the result was a beautiful hardcover book packed with over 100 full-color watercolor paintings.

Nowadays, Omar is concentrating more on doing personal works and commissions for collectors. Paintings of whim and fantasy made to indulge his own personal tastes and humors and to hopefully entertain and please the viewing public.

Please complete and submit an application. It may be found by clicking on the link above. The application must be returned to Gay Ellen Dennett, along with an example of the work (website, photos, disc with artwork on it, etc) for consideration by the Art Committee. For further inquiries, please contact Gay Ellen Dennett at 781-455-7559 x 223.

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